DBN Community Mock Draft minus the DBN Community

One fan does not a community make. Didn't Yoda say that or something? Whatever, I'm going to try my hand at this mock thing anyway.

One note though...I won't mock trades. It's hard enough to read the mind of one GM for something like this which could all get blown up by one maverick pick much less read the minds of two GM's in terms of negotiations.

1. HOUSTON TEXANS: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida.

Me: "Bill, what's your idea of the perfect QB prospect?" Bill O'brien: "Well he would have to be big and stand tall in the pocket, athletic and hard to bring down...ya know like a former TE or something. And he would have to be coachable. I don't want anyone with lots of bad habits." As luck would have it his mentor, CF's George O'leary, knows just such a prospect.

2. ST. LOUIS RAMS: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina.

Having a D-line that is versatile and always fresh will make the Rams a playoff contender. Jeff Fisher knows defense and the impact one dominant unit can have on a team.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M.

Gus Bradley decides to put Jacksonville on the map simply because no one else ever has. His career is now entwined with a sub 6 foot, mobile QB with a strong arm and the ability to make plays. Not much of a stretch for him, and all of sudden millions of Americans realize there is a football team in Jacksonville.

4. CLEVELAND BROWNS: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville.

Kyle Shanahan has not been sleeping well lately. His fate is tied to a career back-up who is not currently medically cleared to play and a trickshot, practice squad youtuber. After an early run on quarterbacks it's a no-brainer pick.

5. OAKLAND RAIDERS: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M.

The most NFL ready tackle in the draft, he and Stefen Wisniewski will anchor the Raiders O-line for years to come making their dads very proud.

6. ATLANTA FALCONS: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo.

The Falcons finally get the pass rushing, strong side backer they've been craving for years.

7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn.

One of the best run blocking tackle prospects in recent memory, Robinson is still very raw as a pass protector. That's OK though, as Lovie Smith has Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey and wants to use them. The Bucs major free agent signing, tackle Anthony Collins, can play on either side.

8. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson.

With Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson, and now Watkins, the Vikings won't really care who their quarterback is.

9. BUFFALO BILLS: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M.

The Bills get a number one receiver for last years number one pick, E.J. Manuel. Evans knows how to work back to the line of scrimmage or beat a corner deep. His talents will help Manuel develop immensely.

10. DETROIT LIONS: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Barr starts immediately on the weakside and makes for an imposing front seven that already has plenty of talent. They pass on a corner here since they like Bentley and Slay, the two young guys they have there.

11. TENNESSEE TITANS: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State.

The Titans get the best corner in the draft and address a glaring need.

12. NEW YORK GIANTS: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina.

Flipping a coin between Ebron and Donald, it landed on Ebron's side. One of the most exciting TE prospects in years, Ebron gives Eli Manning a verticle seam threat, takes pressure off Victor Cruz, and opens up the running game. It's too good to pass up.

13. ST. LOUIS RAMS: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama.

After shoring up the front line of the defense, the Rams decide to address the back end. Their defense can now be in the conversation with the 49ers and Seahawks. Roger Goodell may want to consider disqualifying the NFC East a playoff berth to allow all 4 NFC West teams in.

14. CHICAGO BEARS: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

The Bears can't turn their card in quick enough if Donald is still there. He's frequently been compared to Geno Atkins. Already with two major FA acquisitions on the D-line, this unit could dominate.

15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State.

If there is one thing the Steelers are in dire need of it's a good young cornerback. Dennard becomes the heir apparent to Ike Taylor.

16. DALLAS COWBOYS: Ra'Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota.

The Cowboys need lots of help for the front seven and Hageman becomes a big, versatile, impact player there.

17. BALTIMORE RAVENS: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville.

The Ravens took a Safety in round 1 last year, and they would have no problem doing it again if Pryor is still on the board. With such prolific passing attacks existing around the league, teams like the Seahawks and Saints have realized the importance of this position. Now the Ravens are on board with the trend.

18. NEW YORK JETS: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State.

The Jets have had major issues with the receiving corps lately. Serious help for their QB's is provided this off-season in FA Eric Decker and Cooks, maybe the fastest receiver in the draft.

19. MIAMI DOLPHINS: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.

Only a couple months ago the Dolphins O-line could be considered a disaster. But now, with Brandon Albert, Mike Pouncey, and Lewan, it becomes a unit of strength.

20. ARIZONA CARDINALS: Dee Ford, LB, Auburn.

The Cardinals need an edge rusher for an already above average D. Ford is a perfect fit for their 3-4. I'm glad the Browns don't have the NFC West on the schedule this year.

21. GREEN BAY PACKERS: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Many thought the Packers would go defense in round 1, but Amaro takes this offense to another level. Look what Aaron Rodgers did when Jermichael Finley was healthy and playing well. This pick adds a dimension to the offense that this team sorely lacked last season.


The Eagles might prefer a Safety to help their D here, but they will not pass on Verrett and can get a Safety in the next round. Verrett may be the best pure cover corner in the draft and is versatile enough to handle the slot.

23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

The Chiefs take Beckham to add some spark to an offense that needs it. Alex Smith is good but needs more weapons to excel.

24. CINCINATTI BENGALS: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

A great fit as a 4-3 end, Ealy replaces the void left by FA departure Michael Johnson.

25. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame

The best pure nose in the draft, Nix is great value here and makes the Chargers D-line one of the strongest units on the team.

26. CLEVELAND BROWNS: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

The Brown get the most fundamentally sound quarterback in the draft and then get its most fundamentally sound receiver. Kyle Shanahan can now sleep soundly on Saturday nights.

27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Saints saw what the Seahawks did last year with a dominant secondary and are using it as a model. They now have FA pickups Jairus Byrd and Keenan Lewis, and 1st round picks Kenny Vaccaro and Fuller in theirs.

28. CAROLINA PANTHERS: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Moses stands 6'6 with a 7 foot wingspan and is a fascinating left tackle prospect as a pass protector. He will allow Cam Newton time to survey the field and decide which one of his WR he doesn't want to throw to. But expect the Panthers to nab WR's in rounds 2 and 3.


Vince Wilfork can't play forever, and Jernigan is just too good of value here to pass up.

30. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Marquise Lee, WR, USC

Lee becomes the most athletic WR on the 49ers roster, with arguably the most natural playmaking ability.

31. DENVER BRONCOS: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Stepping right in to start on the weakside, Shazier immediately makes the Broncos defense younger, stronger, and faster.

32. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: David Yankey, G, Stanford

Probably the Super Bowl champs greatest position of need, they get the best guard in the draft.

As for the rest of the Browns picks:

35. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

71. Dakota Dozier, G, Furman

83. Max Bullogh, LB Michigan State

106. Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA

127. Jerrick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern

145. Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue

180. L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

218. Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State

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